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Airboy & ValkyrieComplete Golden Age Airboy & Valkyrie (hardcover) ... Book
CSP, Late 40s. New Copy ... $6.99 24.99
One of the best-remembered features of the Golden Age of comics – presented here in a beautiful hardcover package! Airboy was part aviation adventure – ala Blackhawk – and part young male fantasy – ala Terry & The Pirates – but the strip was something special all its own – thanks to superb art and stories, which easily put the comic on a par with the best of the time! Art here is by Fred Kida on most entries – with additional work by Arthur Peddy and Ernest Schroeder – and the book focuses on stories in which Airboy is paired with the lovely Valkyrie – who brings an undercurrent of sex that the strip didn't always present. Material is from issues of Air Fighters and Airboy from 1943 to 1952 – and the book is 136 pages, full color, and very nicely done! Book

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Jeff ChangWho We Be – The Colorization Of America (hardcover) ... Book
St Martins, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 32.99
Jeff Chang's given us some of the most thoughtful writing we've ever read on hip hop and its history – and this time around, he turns his talents towards larger issues of race and culture on contemporary America – at a level that's surprisingly prescient, given the struggles of the past few years. Chang draws on many sources and strands throughout the book – and presents the material in a mode that's both more personal and political than his previous writing – illuminated with a range of images that speak volumes themselves. The book spans a 50 year period – 1963 to 2013 – from the Civil Rights struggle to the Obama administration, with many cultural sidestreams, tied together beautifully. Over 400 pages, hardcover, with illustrations. Book
(The spine has a remainder mark.)

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Denim DelinquentDenim Delinquent – Complete Collection ... Book
HoZac, 1970s. New Copy ... $32.99 39.99
Complete compendium of the 1970s pre-punk fanzine Denim Delinquent– a Canadian DIY zine which originally ran from 1971-1976 and is a HUGE pre-cursor to some of the greatest rock zines to come! DD covered a wide range of wild rockers with equally unruly writing and art – and this incredible anthology from Hozac includes all 8 issues in all their photocopied, old school type and hand drawn art glory – with pieces on Iggy & The Stooges, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Seeds, MC5, Kinks, Eno, Captain Beefheart, New York Dolls and more! Book

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Renee Hytry DerringtonFormica Forever ... Book
Metropolis, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 39.99
Formica may seem like an everyday surface to some – but at the time of its creation, it was a pretty revolutionary development – one that allowed household and business spaces to step free from longer-term care – giving the workers and residents lots more time to pursue their hopes and dreams! That bright promise of Formica is presented beautifully here – in a lovely history of the product, complete with dozens of vintage images that range from magazine ads to promotional flyers – to some higher-end projects in Formica from the art world! The book's beautiful – as stylish as an interior design magazine from the 60s – with a special color by color section in the middle, including writings by John Updike, Margarate Atwood, and others – on pages that are also perforated and can be folded! The first half of the book is in English, and awash with these images and text – and the second half offers more images, and text in six other languages. 408 pages, softcover, and beautiful color throughout! Book

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FrankensteinFrankenstein Vol 5 – January/February to September/October 1948 – Issues 11 to 15 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1948. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
One of the weirdest, goofiest takes on the Frankenstein character ever created – drawn by 40s comic legend Dick Briefer, in this excellent volume of vintage stories! By the mid 40s, the popularity of Frankenstein was huge – but rather than present the character in the traditional monstrous version, Briefer took Frankenstein into the same sort of territory as Herman Munster – kind of a comical figure who does more good than harm, with a surprisingly sweet demeanor that hardly belies his hulking physique! Briefer's art is great – very cartoony, but at an expressionist level that's almost in the territory of Milt Gross – and which has gotten him lots of acclaim over the years. The book brings together a handful of super-rare, super-expensive issues of Briefer's Frankenstein – all with great quality artwork on heavy white paper, wrapped up in a gold-tinged hardcover volume – at a level that's maybe even nicer than some of the other vintage comic books in the PS Artbooks series. 240 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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✨✧ Stuart L GoosmanGroup Harmony – The Black Urban Roots Of Rhythm & Blues ... Book
University Of Pennsylvania, 2005. New Copy ... $5.99 24.95
Group soul harmony gets some great treatment here – in a well-done book that follows the music from the street corner to the airwaves – all with a thoughtful mixture of oral history and the larger issues of the time! Author Stuart Goosman focuses especially on harmony groups on the Baltimore and Washington DC scenes of the postwar years – with a lot of detail on The Orioles, one of the first great groups in the tradition – and some of the smaller acts of the period as well – and the book begins with the initial postwar rise in the format, then looks at the huge wave of group harmony during the doo wop years. Although an academic book, the tone is never dry – and the oral history material really illuminates the music a great deal. 291 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Mick HoughtonBecoming Elektra – The True Story Of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label ... Book
Jawbone, 2010. New Copy ... $9.99 29.95
A wonderfully detailed story of one of the coolest record labels ever – a book that really gets at the huge range of folk, blues, psych, and other wonderful sounds issued by Elektra Records! The tome is massive – big enough to feature a lot of full color pictures, but with a much stronger emphasis on text than usual for this sort of volume – with an especially deep look into the early days of Zac Holzman, and his initial love of pre-rock modes before the bigger shift to more popular Elektra modes of the late 60s. The book is over 300 pages, and is past the halfway mark before The Doors even come into the picture – which really gives you an idea of the kind of detail involved, The book also features a full Elektra discography in the back – at least until the point at which Holzman left the label – and the whole thing's honestly one of the best accounts of a label's formation we've ever read. 304 pages, oversized, with some color images. Book

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Ulrich KlatteVertigo Swirl Label – Worldwide Discography & Price Guide (2nd Edition) (hardcover) ... Book
CPG (Germany), 2010/2016. New Copy Book ... $44.99
Amazing – one of the most beautiful discographies we've ever seen, put together in tribute to one of the hippest labels ever! Vertigo Records was the prog/psych arm of Philips at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – home to a huge range of sounds, from the fuzzy of Black Sabbath, to the jazz rock of Colosseum, to the electronics of Kraftwerk – and dozens more artists who only recorded the odd single album or two! The whole label is laid out beautifully here – in a hardcover book that gives a full page to each album issued by the company – with color reproductions of the covers, including the gatefolds – track listings, session details, and other information – sometimes more than you'd find on the original record jacket! If you love the classic covers and packaging of Vertigo, you'll find this book to be every bit as great – essential for any collector of these groovy sides from way back. A hugely updated second volume – with 320 pages (double the first one!), all in color – with 400 images of every Vertigo swirl label title, inside and out – UK and German pressings, with a huge amount of details on each record. Also includes features on the singles, alternative releases, and even unreleased albums! Book

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Michael LargoGenius & Heroin –The Illustrated Catalogue Of Creativity, Obsession, & Reckless Abandon Through The Ages ... Book
William Morrow, 2008. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
We're not users of the stuff, but we'll be the first to admit that heroin has played a big role in some of the creative endeavors that have really moved us over the years – from art to music, to poetry and prose – and a number of other forms as well! Yet heroin's just the starting point here – as author Michael Largo attempts to trace the line between substance abuse and cultural creation through dozens of key artistic figures – names as disparate as Caravaggio, Jack Kerouac, Jimi Hendrix, William S Burroughs, Kurt Cobain, Charlie Parker, and many more in between – all listed here in a format that's almost a dictionary of abuse – as the artists are lined up alphabetically, with sections that detail their important contributions, and the health issues that often drew a too-short end to their careers. If the whole thing sounds a bit cheap or gruesome, it's not – as Largo presents the material with a surprisingly thoughtful eye, and also looks at larger medical issues with the subjects that might have been part of their problems and creative process. 343 pages, softcover, with lots of black and white photos. Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)

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Musica Loco MundoMusica Loco Mundo 2 – Brazilian Music Disc Guide ... Book
MLM (Japan), 2002. New Copy ... $32.99
The second volume in this series of completely essential books for collectors of Brazilian music! Like the first volume, this one is overstuffed with images of hard to find Brazilian music albums – listings for hundreds of rare records – all the kind of albums that we almost never are able to locate in original pressings (or reissues, for most of them) – and which we never would have known about, had we not seen the title listed in a book like this! The whole thing's essential for record-digging – kind of a roadmap to put you on the path to greatness in Brazilian music, even if you just look for reissue CDs – and each listing has an artist, title, date, and label in English, plus the cover image – as well as a short review of the record in Japanese. Images are in color, and the book features listings for four records per page – filled with more than enough information to get you digging through the crates for some of these rare and wonderful goodies. 230 pages, softbound, with nice packaging! Book

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Paul S Newman/Bob Fujitani/Frank BolleDoctor Solar – Man Of The Atom Vol 1 ... Book
Dark Horse, 2010. New Copy ... $5.99 19.99
Fantastic atomic age comics – a great anthology of the 60s fan favorite Doctor Solar – presented here in a well-done volume that brings out the best in the period artwork by Frank Bolle and Bob Fujitani! The Doctor's story is pretty typical for the time – nuclear power, gone awry – leading to superpowers that come in pretty handy during the cold war-era setting – and while the writing by Paul S Newman may be somewhat less complicated than the contemporaneous prose of Stan Lee, the whole thing's a pretty lively read overall! The book contains the first seven issues of the series, originally published by Gold Key in 1962 through 1964 – full color, softcover, 210 pages. Book

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✨✧ Out Of The NightOut Of The Night Vol 1 – Issues 1 to 6 – February/March 1952 to January 1953 (slip-cased hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 2012. New Copy ... About May 1, 2016 (delayed)
One of the best-written horror comics of the pre-code years – thanks to scripting from the great Richard Hughes, who has an uncanny sense of scene and character for these lurid tales! Out Of The Night is much less remembered than more famous horror work from publishers like EC or Timely/Marvel – but these issues represent some great work from the time when comics was an unregulated, unbridled time – and writers like Hughes could turn out some great creepy stories – filled with ghouls, vampires, and all sorts of other eerie forces! The volume presents the material in a wonderful way – full color pages with heavy white paper, and a full six issues in one hardcover package – with great artwork throughout! 240 pages, hardcover, and in brilliant color. Book

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